Leading Lady Cara: The Lymphedema Warrior

INTRODUCING cara cruz + pale ginger pear

Learning that I had Lipedema was a HUGE sense of, ha! f*ck you every doctor ever. For every time I heard “just lose weight!” as if I hadn’t tried over and over, it was amazing to hear.

Cara Cruz

through every struggle, cara shares how learning more about her body gave her the strength she has today …

Ta’lor: I love the PaleGingerPear!!! I am so thankful for being able to do this interview with you, so who is Cara Cruz?

Cara: I’m a sarcastic, tattooed natural redhead complete with a redheaded attitude at times. I am a creative soul who wants more out of life but isn’t quite sure how to make that happen. My day job is in Human Resources, so my Monday-Friday is being Toby from The Office (HA!)

Ta’lor: cara, What are you most passionate about?

Cara: I’m passionate about spreading the word about Lymphedema and Lipedema and just how many women are affected by these conditions.I just want people to stop and think about why someone could be the size they are before they judge the size that someone is. There are many reasons behind being overweight, and it’s more than just being lazy and eating non-stop.

Cara Cruz

Lipedema is a disorder characterized by symmetric enlargement of the legs due to deposits of fat beneath the skin. It is a common condition, occurring almost exclusively in women (affecting up to 11% of women). 

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs. Sometimes both arms or both legs swell. 

Mayo Clinic

Ta’lor: In what ways did your childhood impact the woman you are today?

Cara: My mom didn’t give a shit what people thought and she was so carefree. She was just her. My dad, on the other hand, was very much obsessed with losing the weight he had gained due to a back injury. He forced me to join him with every diet he did. It was very clear from early on that me being fat was not okay with him.

Ta’lor: How did you feel when you were diagnosed with Lymphedema and Lipedema?

Cara: It was a mix of relief that I wasn’t crazy, like the doctors had wanted to portray, but also a bit of sadness since there’s no long term fix. It can only be maintained. Learning that I had Lipedema was a HUGE sense of ha! f*ck you every doctor ever. For every time I heard “just lose weight!” as if I hadn’t tried over and over, it was amazing to hear “Lipedema is a special fat that can’t be lost with diet or exercise.”

Cara Cruz wearing compression leg wraps

Ta’lor: I think you are so powerful for sharing your truth. Do you consider yourself to be an advocate for Lymphedema?

Cara: I’m trying my hardest to be one Ta’lor. I’d like to think that all the women reaching out me saying “omg me too!” is proof that I’m on the right track. But, I don’t know all the facts there are to know about Lymphedema & Lipedema, but I do my best every day to learn and to be someone who continues the conversation.

Ta’lor: That’s so amazing cara. What is the best part of what you do and what is the most challenging?

Cara: The best part would be receiving messages like “Because of you I’m wearing sleeveless shirts and shorts this summer,” or “Because of you I now have a name for this hell I’ve been living.” The most challenging would be the trolls or creepy dudes that just have to ruin everything. I get some uncomfortable and strange messages from men sometimes and then I also get those messages that are just rude and hateful.

Ta’lor: What do you say to those who are struggling to accept their body?

Cara: Do what you want with your look. It is YOUR look after all. You want the crazy hair? Dye it! You want the tattoo or piercing? Get it! The more you do with your look, for you, you will be excited to see it and show it off and you’ll end up embracing it. I look at my role in the body-positive movement, to be someone who shows people that they can embrace their conditions and still be a person worthy of respect and love. 

Cara Cruz

Ta’lor: I am so thankful to you Cara for sharing a little bit of your story with us. My final question to you is, what would consider a Leading Lady to be?

Cara: A Leading Lady is someone that leads by example, admits it when she messed up, apologizes when she’s hurt someone, and overall allows herself to be a human.

Above is an amazing documentary “Lymphedema Warrior Embraces Her Pear Shape|Shake My Beauty” with over 1 million views, that is helping to spread the word some more about the Lipedema/Lymphedema conditions by Barcroft TV, that features Cara Cruz and some of the ladies of the Yinz Bopo group.

More about Cara Cruz aka the “pale ginger pear”

Cara Cruz

Cara Cruz is a #lymphedemawarrior + #lipedemafighter and a single-mother. Cara has a background in photography which she has used to create her brand, Pale Ginger Pear what it is today. Cara believes in embracing the small day-to-day things that make life worth living. Cara likes to live life in a bright and bold way. Cara lives out her mission of being bright + bold through her temporary vivid hair colors and her more permanent tattoos. Cara is a proud member of YinzBopo and is striving to be a voice in the #lymphie community. 

To keep in touch with Cara and learn more about her, make sure to follow her on her website and social media:

Website: Pale Ginger Pear

Facebook: Pale Ginger Pear

Instagram: @palegingerpear


2 thoughts on “Leading Lady Cara: The Lymphedema Warrior

    1. Thank you for sharing Ellie. That means so much to me and I am so glad that you enjoyed the interview.

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